EROSKI has become the first retailer in Spain to pass the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody audit to sell certified aquaculture products. This guarantees that the aquaculture fish on sale at its seafood counters has been farmed in a safe and sustainable way. 361 seafood counters in EROSKI stores will now sell Gilthead Seabream, Meagre, European Seabass, and Turbot with the GGN consumer label.
“Here at EROSKI, we are committed to a sustainable food model and constantly evolving to offer consumers new options for healthy and more responsible nutrition,” said Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, Director of Health and Sustainability at EROSKI. “This international certification is a guarantee for our customers that the fresh fish bearing this label comes from certified aquaculture.”
The criteria for the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard include an analysis of the environmental impact, regular food safety and water quality checks, and verification of product traceability and the proper utilization of waters.
The sustainability label also certifies adequate feed consumption, leading to better care of the seabed and an improved use of the fishing resources, measures to prevent escape and thus limit the spread of invasive species, the implementation of animal welfare measures, the guaranteeing of proper working conditions, and the introduction of quality management systems.
The GGN label is linked to the GGN consumer portal, which enables the customer to use the GGN (GLOBALG.A.P. Number) to track their product back to the farm where it has been produced and learn more about this particular farm. Additionally, information on aquaculture is provided there.
EROSKI is the first distribution group of the cooperative type in Spain and a leading operator in the regions of Galicia, Basque Country, Navarre, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. It has a business network of 1,651 stores, including supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash & carry, as well as petrol stations, optical shops, travel agencies and sports shops. It has more than 6 million customer members and more than 33,800 cooperative members, workers and franchisees.–